With the dreary winter months upon us, what better time to take a day (or two) and explore Mississippi's enlightening state-of-the-art museums.
Mississippi is home to a number of museums, and visitors often have a hard time choosing which to see first. The latest museums to open in the state are the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History. They join a long list of renowned museums in preserving and sharing Mississippi’s history and creative arts culture with the world. Here are our top museums to cross off your list. Ignite your mind by immersing yourself in Mississippi’s culture.
The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museums, which opened in December 2017 in Jackson, invite visitors inside the state’s rich and complex 200-year history. Students have the opportunity to learn and reflect upon the true stories responsible for shaping a state and influencing the world.
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center | Indianola
Located in Indianola, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center reflects on the life and music of the renowned “King of the Blues” along with the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.
Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience | Meridian
Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience is a 60,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the state’s musicians, actors, writers and other creative artists. The MAX showcases the roots of Mississippi’s most famous contributors to the arts with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. From Tupelo’s Elvis, to Indianola’s B. B. King, to Pascagoula’s Jimmy Buffett, to Meridian’s own “King of Country Music” Jimmie Rodgers, the stories and works of every artist from every region of the state can be explored at the MAX.
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi | Cleveland
Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — this Mississippi museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music while casting a spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. Visitors can engage in a Mississippi-centric display introducing them to the impact of Mississippi's songwriters, producers and musicians in the traditional and modern music landscape.